Salida Bike Fest is back and better than ever this year! Whether you ride a cruiser, road bike, strider or unicycle, there is something for everyone at this year’s festival which will take place Sept. 11-15.
The fun will begin Wednesday night with a social mixer at the Salida SteamPlant. Drinks and light appetizers will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by featured guest speaker, Eszter Horanyi. Horanyi is the top female ultra-endurance cyclist of our time and holds records in the Colorado Trail Race, The Tour Divide and The Arizona 300, just to name a few.
Fourth-grade students at Longfellow will get a piece of the Bike Fest action Thursday afternoon when they participate in a Bike Rodeo put on by the Salida Police and Fire Departments and Absolute Bikes. All participating students will receive a free helmet compliments of Absolute Bikes.
At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, an educational mountain bike ride will leave from Absolute Bikes to explore the trails surrounding Salida. Helmets are required for this ride and any donations will support Salida Mountain Trails.
After you’ve finished up your ride, head back to the SteamPlant for drinks and film! Our feature film will be unveiled Thursday evening and a trailer for the highly anticipated The Rider and the Wolf, the story of Mike Rust, produced by Salida’s own Grit and Thistle Film Company, will be screened as well.
Friday will be fun for any thrill seekers! At 10 a.m. the Pump Track Skills Ride and Competition will kick off at the Salida Pump Track course near Marvin Park. The event is free and open to all ages.
Friday evening the infamous Chainless Race will begin at 5 p.m. with registration starting at 4:30. No chain means no pedaling so this race is all about coasting and keeping up your speed! All ages are welcome to compete and age groups will be separated.
On Saturday, the much anticipated revival of the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race will leave F Street at 11 a.m. This 26-mile race begins and ends in downtown Salida by Riverside Park. Cost for registration is $35. Online registration is available at www.bikereg.com or forms can be downloaded from www.salidabikefest.com. Entry fees will increase to $50 on race day so early registration is encouraged.
Other events include a bike parade down F Street and live music from the No Name Band in Riverside Park. Grab a beverage and listen to the free music!
Sunday, registrants for the 15th Annual Monarch Crest Crank will leave from Salida Bike Company at 8 a.m. This historic fundraiser sponsored by the AADA offers advanced mountain bike riders the chance to ride the famed Monarch Crest Trail while raising funds for an important cause. An after-party will follow in Riverside Park from noon to 6 p.m.
Regardless of your age, skill or interest, there is something for everyone at Salida Bike Fest! We hope to see you all out enjoying the festivities!